Logitech has today announced a new edition to their range of Bluetooth keyboards, with the unveiling of their new Logitech K810 Bluetooth backlit illuminated keyboard.
The new Logitech keyboard is equipped with easy switching Bluetooth technology allowing you to pair up to 3 devices and quickly switch between them.
Logitech has also equipped their new Bluetooth keyboard with Windows 8 support, together with a keyboard layout which has been designed for use with Windows 8 and includes shortcuts for instant access to the Windows 8 start screen and more.
However the Logitech K810 keyboard will also work just as well with Android and iOS devices, as well as older versions of Windows. The keyboard is finished in brushed aluminium and allows you to switch between your desktop PC, tablet or smartphone with ease.
The Logitech K810 keyboard will be arriving in stores throughout the US this month and will be priced around $100.
Is that old pro-gaming keyboard you have finally breaking down from years of use, its blue backlight fading to teal (or worse) as the days go on? Are you ready to spend over $100 to get back in the game? Then you, ideal consumer, sound like a good match for Logitech’s newest gaming keyboard, the G710+. “Plus what?” you ask? Well, it’s a standard G-series performance keyboard from Logitetch, plus a white LED backlight, anti-ghosting tech, under-key dampening to help with all the clickety-clacketing, and a promised 50-million keystroke life span. A set of “G-keys” along the left side allows for assignable macros and scripts, should you need to suddenly maximize your APM mid-StarCraft 2 match (and let’s be honest, you’ve totally been there) — sadly, the G710+ only works with Windows Vista and up, so you’ll have to maximize those actions exclusively on a PC for now.
The Logitech G710+ arrives at retail in the US this October for $150, and heads to Europe starting in December at an undetermined price — check after the break for full specs and a quick demo video.
Available in 61, 73 and 88-key models, Korg’s new Krome Workstation boasts fancy Kronos-derived piano and drum sounds plus some brand new electric piano sounds, all of which Korg says are designed to work splendidly on stage.
There are the usual workstation features of drum backing tracks, a ton of effects, sequencing and dual polyphonic arpeggiators. Plus, there’s a rugged aluminum shell for gigging and a Krome editor for digging deep into the sounds when you hook the Krome up to your computer via USB.
Plenty to get excited about if you’re a keys player looking for a fresh new workhorse, then: we hear that prices are set to start at £899 for the 61-key version.
If you prefer a set of keys to power your mobile recording sessions instead of a guitar adapter of some sort, you’re in luck. The folks at IK Multimedia have just revealed the iRig KEYS portable keyboard peripheral for iOS devices and both Mac and Windows PCs. Packing 37 velocity-sensitive mini keys, the add-on touts a three full-octave range, modulation / pitch bend wheels, an input for a sustain / expression pedal and an assortment of controls for customizing your sound just so. Should you feel inclined, this iRig offering connects via USB to a computer for an “in-studio,” desktop tracking experience. The unit is Core MIDI compliant and sports plug-and-play functionality alongside the outfit’s SampleTank family of apps. Said software can function on its own on the PC side or as a plug-in for more robust offerings like GarageBand, Pro Tools, Cubase, Sonar and the like. Itchin’ to snag one? You’ll have to wait until sometime this fall, but when it arrives, the KEYS will set you back €74.99 ($94).
Archos has had its hand in the slate game since the early days of “internet media tablets,” and while its products don’t have quite the same brand recognition as, say, Samsung’s, we’ve found the French company’s devices to be some of the best-value tablets available. Budget-minded prices and innovation don’t usually go hand in hand, but in the case of its new 101 XS Android 4.0 tablet, Archos has a few tricks up its sleeve. The slate boasts a keyboard cover and kickstand, along with a magnetic hinge allowing the lid to attach to the display. Arriving in November for $400, the Archos 101 XS is a productivity-minded take on slates, complete with a full set of keys and a bundled copy of OfficeSuite Pro. Do the hardware and software add up to a killer combo? Read on to find out.
The idea of creating a full-fledged laptop companion to a smartphone isn’t new — just ask the former Palm team — but rarely has it come across as so pretty. Clamcase’s upcoming Clambook, while it has more than a slight hint of MacBook Air about it, is really meant as a large canvas of sight and sound for an Android phone or iPhone. Although the Clambook can at least be used as a big, 16:9 ratio display for an iPhone, the emphasis is clearly on more Google-inclined users that can use an MHL port: the one cable provides audio, video, power, an Android 4.0-native keyboard and a multi-touch trackpad. More recent Motorola phone owners might get the most out of it, since Webtop’s full-size Firefox browser and windowed interface will kick in without needing one of Motorola’s proprietary docks. We’re still waiting on many basic details, like exact device support and the all-important matter of pricing, but the Clamcase should be ready for supersized Real Racing sessions by the holidays.
Logitech has today unveiled a new addition to their range of keyboards with the launch of the Logitech K760. Which has been designed specifically for Mac and iOS systems, and allows you to pair it with three devices simultaneously. Simply switching between your different devices with a key stroke.
Logitech explains that their K760 keyboard can be charged from indoor lighting and a full charge provides 3 months of use, being used for 8 hours a day, and the construction of the K760 is PVC-free.
The design of the keyboard layout includes Apple-style special functions including: Mission Control, iOS Home, brightness, play/pause, mute, volume, and eject, and even includes a hardware on/off switch.
The Logitech K760 will be arriving in stores next month in both Europe and the U.S. and will be priced around $80.
Source: Mac World
Now that Intel’s let the cat out of the bag (and into the Ivy), it’s high time we took a look at what manufacturers are going to do with those fancy new processors. Behold: The MSI GT70 gaming laptop, one of the first gaming beasts out of the door with Intel’s next generation architecture. Living up to its next-gen CES promises, this 17.3-inch behemoth falls squarely in the desktop replacement category, at 8.6 pounds, and packs a new 2.3GHz Core i7-3610QM processor, NVIDIA’s latest GeForce GTX 670M chip with 3GB of video memory, 16GB of DDR3 RAM and a fancy RAID 0 dual SSD setup — all wrapped in one hefty, formidable package. So how powerful a combination do Ivy Bridge and NVIDIA make? Let’s find out.
Logitech has today announced the arrival of a new ultrathin keyboard case, designed for Apple’s new iPad 3 tablet. The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover has been designed for both the iPad 2 and the new iPad 3, and provides you with an ultrathin screen protector and built-in keyboard, transforming the tablet into a notebook style device.
Similar to Apple’s Smart Cover case for its iPads, the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover uses a magnetic clip to secure its self to your iPad. Offering the same features with an instant on/off and automatically waking your iPad when you open the cover.
Its also equipped with handy function keys and using the keyboard for around 2 hours a day, its internal battery will provide you with enough juice to keep it running for six months. Alexis Richard, director of product marketing at Logitech explains:
“The third-generation iPad and its apps are designed to give you more control and creativity, whether you are editing photos and movies, making music or writing a novel,”-”The new Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover – with its ultra-sleek, smart design and extended keyboard battery life – provides a convenient way for you to make the most of your iPad no matter what activity you are using it for.”
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover is now available to purchase for around $100, in the U.S. and Europe.
Just when we thought our favorite Android virtual keyboard couldn’t get much better, TouchType decided to prove us wrong by launching SwiftKey 3 Beta. If you’re one of the product’s 30,000+ VIP users, you’ll want to get your hands on the company’s newest creation right now, for free. What’s new? The space bar is no longer required, for one — Smart Space detects and corrects “miss-typed or omitted spaces across whole phrases.” Paradoxically, that same space bar is now wider, just in case you’re feeling nostalgic. Smart punctuation further enhances the UI, with language-specific improvements in tow. In fact, SwiftKey 3 offers support for seven new languages — Korean, Estonian, Farsi, Icelandic, Latvian, Lithuanian and Serbian (for a total of 42). Finally, you’ll find two lovely new themes, Cobalt and the Ice Cream Sandwich-inspired Holo. We’ve been playing with TouchType’s latest and greatest for a few hours now on both our HTC One X and our Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 and we’ve stopped using the space bar completely. Did you notice? Wedidn’tthinkso. Check out the gallery of screenshot below, hit the break for a demo video and the full PR, then follow the More Coverage link to sign up as a VIP.
Korg has today announced the arrival of a couple of new additions to their line of microKEY USB powered MIDI keyboards. The new range was unveiled at the international musical instrument fair, Frankfurt Musikmesse, and the existing 37 key versions is now joined by a 61 key and mini 25 keys model
As well as being compatible with both PC and Mac systems, the new range of keyboards have now also been updated to support Apple’s iPad range. Enabling you to connect the keyboard using the iPad’s camera connection kit.
Pproviding you with a physical way to create music rather than using the on screen keyboard integrated into Korg applications, such as KORG’s iMS-20 and others available in the Apple App Store.
We have featured a few of these projection keyboard previously on Geeky Gadgets, the latest one is from Elecom, who have announced the new Elecom TK-PBL042BK Projection Keyboard.
The Elecom TK-PBL042BK Projection Keyboard will work with both iOS and Android devices via Bluetooth and it can also be connected to devices via USB.
Mac users who have been looking for a mechanical keyboard specifically designed for Apple Mac systems. Will be pleased to know that today Das Keyboard has unveiled a new version of its award-winning Model S keyboard which has been specifically re-designed for Mac users.
The new mechanical keyboard for Mac is equipped with gold-plated mechanical key switches designed to withstand 50 million strokes. Together with command and option keys, instant sleep function and 6 key rollover, enabling users to enter 6 key presses simultaneously.
It’s also equipped with 2 x USB 2.0 ports and an extra long USB connection cable measuring 2m in length, and is also KVM switch compatible. Daniel Guermeur, creator of the Das Keyboard and CEO of Metadot Corporation explains:
“Mac fans will appreciate the high-quality and sharp design of our Model S keyboard, especially now that it provides the features and functions that Mac loyalists are used to and expect from their peripheral devices,”-”Essentially, we’ve introduced the most advanced mechanical keyboard on the market designed specifically for Mac users.”
The new Das Keyboard Model S Professional for Mac is now available to pre-order for $133 in the US and Canada and will start shipping on April 15th. During the pre-order period Das Keyboard have also applied a 15% discount.
Source: Hot Hardware
The second round of Google TV hardware will be in full swing at CES 2012, and the folks at Mountain View just officially announced LG is joining the list of hardware partners at the show. While we know Logitech was taking a pass on the latest hardware, previously announced partners Samsung, Sony and Vizio are still in and the latter two will have new hardware to show next week. While this morning’s announcement by Marvell revealed the platform’s switch to ARM processors from the Intel chips it launched on, the company mentioned MediaTek is also on board to build compatible chipsets, while the line of products from LG will run on the company’s own L9 setup. LG’s press release (included after the break) reveals the HDTVs it’s bringing out will feature its Cinema 3D FPR technology as well as support for a “Magic Remote QWERTY” that combines its gesture and voice control Magic Remote with, you guessed it, a QWERTY keyboard. It will have two lines of TVs based on the Android OS, while it continues to feature its own NetCast setup in other displays. While Samsung is mentioned as building new devices, it does not appear they’ll have any to show off just yet, which matches the rumors that had gone around earlier.
Even though all signs indicate Samsung will be joining the Google TV party shortly, it’s not going to give up on its own existing Smart TV platform just yet. We don’t know if it will run the two side by side as it has operated with Yahoo! Widgets, but the Korean manufacturer has announced it plans to release version 3.0 of its SDK January 5th. The new Samsung Apps toolkit supports mobile devices and TV sets, and lets developers build in support for remote controls, as well as USB mice, keyboards or gamepads. Of course, not all devs will work for free, so they’re also adding a way for them to get paid through the built-in payment system or advertisements. Currently, Samsung claims 25,000 developers from 140 countries in its forums, but we’ll have to wait until CES 2012 to find out if its products live up to the hype and attract more innovative software to the segment.
If your mobile device runs Android 2.2 of higher and you would like to improve the keyboard. You will be pleased to know Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard is now available to download from the Android Market.
The new Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard brings with it better targeting, a simpler suggestion bar, together with a nice user interface face lift.
Unfortunately the current download doesn’t bring any of the new copy and paste or text selection features and the keyboard’s speech-to-text button doesn’t currently work. But it does provide a more enhanced typing experience.
You can now download the new Ice Cream Sandwich keyboard from the Android Market via Android Police. Enjoy!
If you’re unhappy with your current Android keyboard, TouchType would like to think that it delivers a better option. The company’s popular input alternative, SwiftKey X, has just received a major update with support for 35 languages, along with full localization for the major European ones. Even if you happen to speak plain ol’ English, the software promises better accuracy and prediction than before with a new multitouch framework. There’s even something for those who like to go really alternative, as Dvorak and Colemak layouts have been added to the mix. Topping it all off, version 2.2 introduces support for Ice Cream Sandwich, along with a host of user interface refinements — which you’ll find in the gallery below. After a quick run around the block with SwiftKey’s latest, we must say that we were quite pleased. Then again, we happen to really like Android’s stock keyboard, too.
What big, wireless brother wants, big, wireless brother gets. With its pay-as-you-go subsidiary already packing this particular piece of mobile kit, ’twas only a matter of time before Sprint got its hands on the Transform Ultra. Officially announced for the third place carrier today, Sammy’s Droid Charge with a QWERTY twist packs the usual array of mid-range specs. The 3.5-incher runs Android 2.3 atop a single-core 1GHz processor, with a VGA front facing / 3 megapixel rear camera, 512MB RAM, 2GB of storage and 1500mAh battery in tow. It’s no next gen, 4G beastie, but sometimes you just need a workhorse to get things done. Pricing and availability have yet to be released, although we’re sure that bit of crucial info’s right around the corner. Official presser awaits you after the break.
Looking to harness all the power of your smartphone PC-style? Motorola is looking to help with its Lapdock 100 for a number of devices, including the Atrix 2, Photon 4G and Droid Bionic. The laptop shell sports a 10.1-inch screen (smaller and hopefully cheaper than the Atrix 4G’s axed lapdock), keyboard with dedicated Android keys, touchpad, multi-tasking and tabbed web-browsing via WiFi or your phone’s data plan. You’ll also be able to utilize a full Firefox browser, Adobe Flash, Quick Office, Google Docs and a PC-esque File Manager. Just in case your smartphone’s SD card doesn’t offer enough storage space, the dock packs two USB ports for all those extra documents you might collect. Looking to stay ultra-portable, the peripheral weighs a hair over two pounds (less than 1Kg) and touts five hours of battery life — which can also be used to recharge that tired handset if needed. If you’re looking to snatch up one of these bad boys, you’ll have to wait until October 17… and even then, it’ll only hit shelves at AT&T. Verizon and Sprint customers will get their chance “later this quarter” and there’s no word yet on pricing. Need more info? Hit that coverage link for product page and get yourself better acquainted.
We’ve seen all shapes and sizes of iPad cases, with varying degrees of utility. But, if you have use for a desktop PC-style dock / keyboard combo, you may want to check out some of the new offerings in iLuv’s WorkStation Series. First up is the iMM737, featuring a wired keyboard with iOS function keys that can be stowed in the dock’s base when you’re not typing away, a tilting / rotating bracket for easy customization and built-in speakers. Next, the iMM517 boasts an adjustable slate holder of its own, a Bluetooth keypad and jAura Sound technology. Need something a wee bit more portable? Perhaps the iCK826 or the iSK912 Professional WorkStation Portfolio cases will suit your workflow. Both offer a wireless set of keys that are detachable, should the need arise. Only looking for a keyboard? That’s an option too with the iBTKB20. You can grab any one of these you’d like for $180 to $50, from top to bottom. You’ll have to wait until November to pick up the iMM737, though — everything else will be hitting stores this month. Check out the gallery below for a look at all the above mentioned add-ons, or peep the full PR after the break.